- Mauricio Sarri believes Cristiano Ronaldo deserves to win Ballon d'Or award for sixth time record
- The Portuguese star faces stiff competition from Lionel Messi and Virgil van Dijk
- The Juventus manager claims Ronaldo deserves the individual honour as he also tips de Ligt for glory
Mauricio Sarri, Juventus manager, has backed Cristiano Ronaldo for Ballon d'Or glory ahead of Barcelona star Lionel Messi and Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk.
The Portuguese star faces stiff competition from the two leading contenders for this year's edition of the award slated for December.
Ronaldo failed to win Champions League with Juventus' semi-final defeat to resilient Ajax, but enjoyed a prosperous season under the Italian boss, guiding them to another historical domestic doubles in Italy.
The former Real Madrid star has won the prestigious individual honour on five occasions which tied him with his long rival Messi.
And Sarri, who sealed a sensational switch to Juventus after leading Chelsea to Europa League success, throws his weigh behind the Portuguese star.
The Italian manager believed it will be a memorable moment for the Juve star clinching his sixth gong this December under his watch.
"Cristiano did well in the last game, even with some resistance," Sarri said.
"Now he just has to grow in terms of brilliance. I hope that Cristiano wins the Ballon d'Or, de Ligt the Kopa Trophy and that Dybala will one day be a future Ballon d’Or contender."
Ronaldo had earlier been beaten to UEFA best men player award in August by Van Dijk in recognition of his immense contribution to Liverpool's emergence as European champions.
The Portuguese also trailed behind the Barcelona star Lionel Messi in FIFA The Best award in September.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Steven Gerrard has tipped Liverpool center back, Virgil van Dijk, for the Ballon d'Or 2019 award glory ahead of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Dutch star faces competition from the Juventus forward and Barcelona star for this year's edition of the award slated for December.
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